Obama consoles tornado victims

President Obama has flown into Moore, Oklahoma, to meet the families devastated by last week's tornado, which killed 24 people, and reassure them his government will provide long-term help.

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Obama reduced to tears at tornado disaster site

US President Barack Obama was seen wiping away tears as he visited the devastated town of Moore in Oklahoma following last week's tornado. Credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
He hugged school official Susie Pierce while meeting survivors in the disaster area. Credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
He shared words with the Lewis family after assuring residents the Government would help them rebuild their town. Credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Obama touched by bible's message in tornado debris

Barack Obama has personally assured survivors of the Oklahoma tornado they will not be left to rebuild their communities alone, telling them: "When we say we've got your back, I promise you, we keep our word."

The US President said his administration's response to recent disasters across the country proved that the disaster-hit town of Moore would be guaranteed federal support.

Mr Obama said a message from a bible found among the debris after last week's tornado had underlined God's will but reminded Americans of their human abilities to help one another.

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Obama tells tornado survivors: 'You are not alone'

President Obama addressed the nation surrounded by people who acted heroically after the tornado hit. Credit: RTV

President Obama has told the disaster-hit residents of Moore that Oklahomans have inspired America with their "love and their courage" in the wake of last week's deadly tornado.

"Everywhere fellow Americans are praying with you, they're thinking about you and they want to help," Mr Obama said after flying in to meet the survivors.

"So I am just a messenger here today letting everybody know that you are not alone," he added.